Latest figures show employers who attend WorkSafe’s return to work events achieve return to work rates up to 3.4% better than employers who do not.
Speakers include Occupational Physiotherapist Nick Economos as well as psychologists Jacqui Stanford and Dr Peter Cotton.
Each will offer their industry experience and insight on improving return to work outcomes.
They’ll also provide information about how to support injured people who are at the highest risk of not returning to work, particularly those with a musculoskeletal and/or psychological injury.
Dr Cotton will also help employers with the skills to build resilience in injured workers to help guard against the onset of secondary psychological problems that commonly arise from prolonged work absences.
The workshop will run from 9am to 11.30am at Sanctuary Lakes Resort in Sanctuary Lakes (Point Cook). To register for the event, please visit: the ‘Workshops and events’ section at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au under Return to Work.
Around 29,000 Victorians suffer work-related injuries each year. Around 3000 of these people will be out of the workforce for more than six months.
Almost 18,000 injuries from businesses based in Melbourne’s west have been reported to WorkSafe over the past five financial years. Treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs exceed $366-million.
WorkSafe’s Return to Work Division Director, Dorothy Frost, said maintaining injured worker morale was a key factor in achieving better return to work outcomes.
“No one wants to be hurt, and returning to work is an important part of the recovery process.
“The work needs to be safe for the injured person, but it does not always have to be their pre-injury job or even the old hours. Looking for opportunities is the key.”